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What would you like to say to donors and frontline workers of COVID-19?

China and Vietnam have sent medical experts and supplies to help Laos battle against the COVID-19 crisis following a surge in cases over the past few weeks. In addition, there are also many donors, both domestic and international, who are supporting the efforts to tackle the outbreak. Vientiane Times asked some members of the public to air their views on these donors.

 

Ms Vanh, an official in Luang Prabang province: I am glad that there are people and organisations in neighbouring countries sending supplies to Laos to battle the COVID-19 crisis. As we know the second wave is raging and doctors, nurses, and the public health authorities are working hard to contain the infections. At
present, the medical authorities need to increase their power to tackle this viral war. It is a good thing that we have teams of medical experts arriving from neighbouring countries to bolster our
fight. I would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported Laos during this unprecedented crisis.

Mr Xaysavath Keoloun, an official in Vientiane: I would like to give a million thanks to these donors who keep helping
our country. I think it is of utmost importance that we join hands to fight and resolve this problem. The medical equipment in hospitals is not enough and there is a shortage, especially of face masks, gloves, PPE suits, and other items. Doctors, rses, and volunteer units are
closely working with patients, and they are at a high risk of getting infected if there isn’t enough protective equipment. I will donate
according to my ability. Even if it’s not much, it’s better than not doing anything. If we hadn’t received these donations I don’t know how our country would have been able to overcome this crisis.

Mr Sonephet Kittikhammoun, an official in Sisattanak district: First, I would like to thank donors for their selfless spirit and for helping society. I wish they and their families stay happy and healthy and they are successful in their endeavours to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Second, I would like to tell the authorities that they
shouldn’t give up the fight against the virus until Laos and the world are rid of it completely. I will continue to encourage all the people
who are working hard to fight against the Coronavirus.

Ms Sone Lattanasack, a resident in Attapeu province: I don’t know how to say thanks to the donors. As we know, all sectors are working hard to protect all Lao people and foreigners living in the country. If we don’t have unity, it would be hard to resolve this problem. I would like to ask the public to please encourage those who are working hard in specific committees, especially doctors and volunteers. This will give reenergise them.

Ms Ting Xaypasong a resident in Vientiane province: When I heard the news, I was very pleased that the medical expert teams from China and Vietnam have arrived in Laos to help prevent the COVID-19 outbreak. I would like to say thanks to them for helping Laos overcome this obstacle. I cooked food for the authorities who are hard at work all time. I hope this little gesture of mine helped them in their work. During these difficult times, I know that Lao people love the nation and will cooperate with each other to tide over this crisis.

 

By Lamphone Pasanthong
(Latest Update May 6, 2021)


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